By Joanna Williams

Lie #1:  Trump: “With Universal Mail-In Voting (not Absentee Voting which is good) 2020 will be the most INACCURATE & FRAUDULENT Election in history. There is NO WAY (ZERO!) that Mail-In Ballots will be anything less than substantially fraudulent.”

Truth #1: Absentee Voting is essentially the same as Mail-In Voting and Vote By Mail fraud is a myth!  There is no evidence that Vote By Mail results in rampant voter fraud nor that election officials lack the knowledge about how to protect against abuses.  In fact, over the past 20 years more than 250 million ballots have been cast by mail nationwide while there have been just 143 criminal convictions for election fraud related to mail ballots. That averages out to about one case per state every six or seven years, or a fraud rate of 0.00006%.

Lie #2:  Attorney General Bill Barr commenting on the possibility of a foreign operation to mail in fake ballots:  “There are a number of foreign countries that could easily make counterfeit ballots, put names on them, send them in.”

Truth #2: Election officials in multiple states said it would be virtually impossible for a foreign government to achieve what Barr described.  States use a variety of safeguards to confirm validity of mail ballots.  In about half the states, ballots bear a tracking bar code unique to each voter. About 15 states require signatures to be matched against voter registration. Ballots are rejected if they are not sent in regulation envelopes that vary widely from state to state in format, size and paper stock.  “There isn’t an election official in this country that doesn’t know how many ballots they’ve mailed out, how many they’ve gotten back in, and who they were sent to. It is absolutely not the case that someone could create a multitude of ballots and in some way infuse them or inject them into the system without detection.”

Lie #3:  Trump floated the idea to “delay” the November election as he made unsubstantiated allegations that increased mail in voting will result in fraud.

Truth #3: Trump has no authority to delay an election, and the Constitution gives Congress the power to set the date for voting. Lawmakers from both parties said almost immediately there was no likelihood the election would be delayed and even some of Trump’s allies said his message reflected the desperate flailing of a badly losing candidate.